Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Science

  • Effective from: 2022
  • Approved Abbreviation: DipSc/BSc
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 6043
  • AQF Level: 7

Approved Abbreviation: DipSc/BSc
Western Sydney University Program Code: 6043
AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096968E

Program Status:

This program applies to students who commenced in 2022 or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

For Commencement Year 2020 to 2021 - please refer to: 6043.1 Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Science

Science asks questions about how the natural world works and the impact of humans at its interface. It does so in a systematic, yet rigorously creative way based on inquiry and evidence. A Bachelor of Science will prepare you to take part in this process of inquiry, by both contributing to it and by using scientific knowledge to solve current problems in broad settings. Students will learn core concepts and skills investigating the natural world, proposing and testing ideas by experimentation and observation; quantifying and modelling processes; communicating findings, thinking independently and critically. Students can enrol in this degree and select from a range of scientific disciplines with the option of expanding learning into other areas outside of science.

Students choosing MT3031 Environmental Health testamur major must complete a compulsory work placement of 100 hours.

All students must complete 60 credit points of study at Level 3 to meet course requirements. Depending on the major selected, students may need to select at least 10 credit points of elective study at Level 3 to meet this requirement.

Students need to note that different majors are offered on different campuses, and not all majors will be offered at every campus.

The first year of this program is delivered by Western Sydney University The College as an agent of Western Sydney University via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments. A Diploma in Science exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the program.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

Study Mode

Three years full-time or six years part-time

Program Advice

College Program Enquiries

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Campbelltown Campus Full Time Internal See above
Campbelltown Campus Part Time Internal See above
Hawkesbury Campus Full Time Internal See above
Hawkesbury Campus Part Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal See above
The College - Nirimba Education Precinct Full Time Internal See above

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Work integrated learning is a component of many subjects in the core of the program and testamur majors. Additionally, students will be allocated to one of two specific work integrated learning subjects.

The first of these, Complex Case Studies in Science, is designed to provide students with opportunities for personal development, industry and civic engagement and to develop career readiness. The subject assures that students can critically analyse and logically argue complex scientific issues whilst taking into account multiple competing perspectives and builds on employability and communication skills developed in earlier subjects.

In the second specific work integrated learning subject, Work Internship for Science Professionals, students undertake a one hundred hour industry placement. This subject will only be undertaken by students studying MT3031 Environmental Health to meet accreditation requirements. The placement will allow students to observe and develop professional skills and behaviour and integrate theoretical and practical science knowledge and conventions into a real world setting. Student placements are unpaid and are undertaken in accordance with the requirements of Western Sydney University’s Placement Policy. Students who are in relevant employment may apply for this experience to be recognised for advanced standing purposes. Students should consult the Advanced Standing Policy.

Placement Policy

Advanced Standing Policy

 

Admission

For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege/how_to_apply

Domestic students are required to have:

  • Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate, or
  • Competency in English at IELTS academic 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) or
  • Passed The College English test with 70% or higher or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English subject at C grade level or higher.

Students are also assumed to have completed some study in Mathematics and Science at a senior high school level or equivalent.

Met other entry requirements such as:

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies program with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band or
  • Completed the College EAP 4 program with a 50% pass or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS academic 6.0 equivalent or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English subject at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for.

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general:

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies program with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the completion of 250 credit points which includes: 90 credit points of core subjects, 80 credit points taken as a Science major plus 80 credit points of elective subjects.

There are two exceptions to this: For MT3031 Environmental Health major, students must complete 80 credit points of core subjects plus 120 credit points of Environmental Health subjects plus 40 credit points of flexible subjects.

Students selecting MT2022 Forensic Science must use their flexible subjects to complete M3120 Crime Scene Investigation to meet industry requirements.

Students must complete at least 60 credit points at level 3 or above. Depending on the major selected, students may need to select at least 10 credit points of elective study at Level 3 to meet this requirement.

Subjects are 10 credit points each unless otherwise indicated.

Year One - College Subjects

Standard 3 term (90 credit points)

Subject Title Credit Points
Preparatory Subject
CHEM 0001Chemistry (WSTC Prep)10
Eight University Level Subjects
BIOS 1014Cell Biology (WSTC)10
CHEM 1013Essential Chemistry (WSTC)10
NATS 1020Scientific Literacy (WSTC)10
CHEM 1009Introductory Chemistry (WSTC)10
BIOS 1003Biodiversity (WSTC)10
MATH 1027Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)10
Select two of the following (depending on the testamur major chosen):20
Concepts in Human Anatomy (WSTC)
Introduction to Food Science (WSTC)
Introduction to Human Biology (WSTC)
Concepts in Human Physiology (WSTC)
Management of Aquatic Environments (WSTC)
Environmental Issues and Solutions (WSTC)
Water Quality Assessment and Management (WSTC)
Total Credit Points90

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in Science following a passing grade in all of the above subjects. Students who progress to Year Two may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above subjects.

Students must pass all College Preparatory subjects before progressing to the Year Two subjects.

Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level subjects in Year One before progressing to the Year Two subjects.

Years 2 and 3

Western Sydney University Subjects

160 credit points as per the rules of the Bachelor of Science (3754)

Core Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
Select one of the following:10
Advanced Calculus
Biochemistry
Forensic and Environmental Analysis
Analytical Chemistry
Epidemiology
Select one of the following:10
Complex Case Studies in Science
Work Internship for Science Professionals (only available to students in MT3031 Environmental Health)
Select one of the following:10
Laboratory Quality Management
Field Project 1
Conservation Biology
Topics in Medical Science
Note: Students are allocated a core subject from these areas depending on the major chosen. Students should consult the sequence of subjects identified for each major
Total Credit Points30

Majors

Students are required to complete eight major core subjects from one of the following testamur majors.

Students selecting MT3031 Environmental Health are required to complete twelve major core subjects.

Students may only select one testamur major

Electives Subjects

Students may use their elective subjects to complete a second major (80 credit points) or one or more sub-majors (40 credit points each) from the same or another discipline area, or up to 80 credit points from the wide range of subjects offered by Western Sydney University.

Students may complete a second testamur major chosen from the list below

NOTE: Students must seek advice from their Academic Program Advisor before selecting a second testamur major (or major) to ensure course requirements are met

Suggested minors

Environmental Health, Minor
Infectious Diseases, Minor
Microbiology, Minor

Students taking a pathway to teaching minor must first seek academic advice before selecting electives or minors.

Enrolment in elective subjects is subject to meeting any required criteria for individual subjects, such as co-requisites and pre-requisites.

Students should note that either BIOS 1014 Cell Biology (WSTC) or CHEM 1006 Essential Chemistry 2 (WSTC) (depending on testamur major chosen) will be considered an elective subject.